We have now won everything

Player-coach Fab Flournoy has spoken of his delight after Newcastle Eagles were crowned BBL League champions for the first time in their history after romping to a 102-82 win against London Towers.

Fab Flournoy

Player-coach Fab Flournoy has spoken of his delight after Newcastle Eagles were crowned BBL League champions for the first time in their history after romping to a 102-82 win against London Towers.

Although Flournoy will have to wait until Friday's grudge game against Birmingham Bullets to be presented with the trophy, this certainly did not dampen the party celebrations last night.

In fact, it was probably the icing on the cake for Flournoy taking into account his recent history with Bullets counterpart Skouson Harker.

The play-caller - an inspiration behind Newcastle's rise to prominence and indeed domination of the British game - was bursting with pride after the final buzzer and you could hardly blame him after the most impressive entry yet into his glittering CV.

He said: "We have finally achieved what we set out to do and it has taken a while. This time last year we were sad having just lost out to Chester.

"Now we are the league champions. It is a huge achievement and I am just so pleased.

"We have now won everything there is to win and nobody will ever take that away from me or my team.

"I am proud of our record and it is important we take a moment to enjoy it. We deserve it for how hard we work every single day.

"I have to give a lot of credit to everyone involved.

"This is a team which was built around a core but only came together properly at the start of the year.

"It was satisfying to get the win we needed on our home court and with the kind of performance the occasions deserved."

This latest success means the Springfield Honda-backed club have now won five pieces of silverware inside the space of 14 months, including all four BBL trophies. Fittingly for the Eagles, it was Andrew Sullivan and Darius Defoe - both from London - who provided the inspiration for the win.

They combied for 48 points, although, as usual, veteran playmaker TJ Walker was the heartbeat of another vibrant display.

The man they nickname "The Daddy" came up with 16 points and 10 assists, although even he would not argue that youngster Darius Defoe can rightly be remembered as having had his best game in an Eagles vest on the night the league was won.

Defoe top-scored with 25 points after converting 11 from 14 attempts including numerous dunks, with 12 points coming in the first quarter alone as the forward helped the hosts establish a 25-19 advantage.

The game was almost over by half-time with the Eagles' margin extended to double figures at 47-33.

Any faint hope an injury-hit Towers side had of a recovery were crushed after Walker nailed successive three-pointers at the start of the second half.

The Eagles then cruised to victory with embarrassing ease.

They broke the 100-points barrier in the final minute to round-off a fantastic evening for supporters and spark jubilant scenes.

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